Frozen Rice

Sometimes you want to put together a quick meal and you want to eat rice with it, but you just don’t have the time for the rice cooker to do its job…. it can take the better part of an hour to cook brown rice, which as we all know is much better for you. So what do you do?

Freeze it! You can make up a few cups of rice at once when you do have the time, and then just scoop the rice in individual servings into some container (a zipper lock freezer bag is just fine) and throw it in the freezer while it’s still warm. Then when you need rice, just pull it out and remove it from the bag and put into a covered microwave-safe bowl or other container. You might have to rip the bag to get the rice out, if you weren’t careful about how you put it in the bag.

Bag of frozen brown rice
Bag of frozen brown rice
Frozen Rice in a bowl ready to reheat
Frozen Rice in a bowl ready to reheat


I find it works best to microwave on high for about 2 minutes, then use a fork to bust up the chunk of rice after it’s defrosted, and then put it back in for another couple minutes. You know it’s done when you remove the lid and a cloud of steam emerges. (I use a Corningware dish with glass lid)

Using a fork to break up the block of frozen rice
Using a fork to break up the block of frozen rice


Bonus tip: If you’re reheating leftovers from the fridge to go with the rice, you can just pour the leftovers over the rice after the first two minutes (when you bust up the block of rice with a fork) and then reheat the rice the rest of the way together with the leftovers.

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